In the photo above, you will see that the NFL Hall of Fame Walter Peyton runs over the hills as he often did. Walter Payton ran the hills to calm down due to the grueling demands of the National Football League. There were no hidden motives. He did not pay attention and did not approve of others. Instead, the goal was simple. Become the best athlete on the field.
Efficiency and attention
Times have certainly changed. Training is not only a physical improvement, but also an attention contest. Never before have I seen so many exercises invented. Unfortunately, new ones are rarely better. And I do not say this to suggest that there will be no opportunity to improve the past. I have just been long enough to know that such cases are not as common as some would like you to believe.
Listen below, as I share some additional thoughts on this issue.
Efficiency and popularity
I’m sure some readers think, “Yes, but if the old school is so efficient, why don't we learn more about it?”
This is a great question. Listen below for an answer.
Stand out with the results
Regardless of whether you are an athlete or a coach, it is important to understand that your success will always be determined resultsNo one cares what methods you use to achieve these results. You do not have extra points for being original. And, as I said, originality is overrated.
Thus, although many old school exercises may lack flash, they are loaded with substance. And this is another reason why it is useful to study athletes from the past. They did not compete for attention in social networks. Their only attention was pretty simple. Perform work as efficiently as possible. Much can be learned from this simple observation.
Speaking as a professional boxing trainer, my job description is also quite simple. I am preparing the fighters for victory. I do not get paid to be original or different. I get paid to be effective. And although this may seem obvious, I believe that this is an important statement (especially in today's age).
I do not make a living on social networks, and I do not receive fees because I use exercises from the past. I make my living as a real trainer with professional athletes who will fire me if I am not effective. So when I talk about the old school, I don’t do it, because it somehow benefits me. I just share what we use and what actually works.
And once again, I do not propose that we ever strive to improve the past. We must always strive for improvement in everything we do. It is important to realize that there will always be more opportunities for personal improvement than there will be opportunities to improve the methods used by this person.
“Originality is overrated. To do, you need to take. All great artists. ” – Darby Bannard